Cotton Kings Weekly Notes
KINGS JUMP BACK INTO FIRST
The Lubbock Cotton Kings had a roller coaster week during the Thanksgiving week in the Southwest Division, but once the week came to an end, it was the Cotton Kings back into the top spot of the division. The Kings went 1-1-0 during the week. The week started out on a sour note Wednesday in Laredo, as the Kings suffered their biggest deficit of the season with a 5-1 loss to Laredo in a match-up of Southern Conference division leaders. The loss combined by wins by the Arizona Sundogs knocked the Kings out of first place in the division, but the Kings bounced back Saturday night. A 6-3 win at home over the Amarillo Gorillas Saturday extended the Kings home winning streak to four games, and they jumped back into first place of the division following Arizona's loss to Odessa. Lubbock enters the week with a 9-4-1 record and a standing-point ahead of Arizona in the division standings (Arizona has played two more games than Lubbock). This week, the Cotton Kings prepare for a busy three-in-three week which begins Friday in Bossier City, Louisiana with a tilt against the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs. The Kings will return home to host the Northwest Division leading Colorado Eagles Saturday before closing the week Sunday in Amarillo against the Gorillas.
NOVEMBER TO REMEMBER
The Cotton Kings closed out the month of November with a solid 7-2-1 record. Simon Watson led the Kings offensively during the month with 7 goals and 8 assists for 15 points in 10 games. The Kings had four players in double-digits, as Trevor Weisgerber (5g,6a, 11pts.), Philippe Lacasse (3g,8a, 11pts.) and Kyle Nosan (5g,5a, 10pts.) each joined Watson. Kyle Stanton was stellar between the pipes during the month with a 4-1-1 record, 2.63 GAA, 1 shutout and a 91.4% save percentage in six games. With November in the books, the Kings now prepare for December's slate of games. The Kings have 15 games scheduled for December with 7 home games and 8 road games. Seven of the games will be divisional contests, as Lubbock battles Amarillo twice, New Mexico once and Odessa four times. Of the eight non-divisional contests, five are against Northern Conference foes, as they face Bossier-Shreveport twice and Colorado, Rocky Mountain and Youngstown once.
Record for the month: 7-2-1
Leading Scorer: Simon Watson 15pts (7g,8a)
Leading Defenseman: Bauman (4g,2a) / Minard (1g,5a) 6 pts.
PP%: 13/82 15.9% PK% 63/70 90.0%
The records might be different on the road, but the sources of production are the same. Lubbock supports a 6-1-0 record at home this season and a road record of 3-3-1. At home, the Kings are led in scoring by Kyle Nosan's 10 points (3g,7a), followed by Simon Watson (5g,4a) and Trevor Weisgerber (4g,5a), who each have nine points on home ice this season. On the road, the scoring is relatively the same, as Simon Watson (4g,5a) and Trevor Weisgerber (4g,5a) each lead the Kings on the road with 9 points. Kyle Nosan and Bobby Brown (Brown has 8 points at home and on the road) each rank tied for third in road scoring with 8 points.
He won't be going for any scoring titles, but Cotton Kings goaltender J.F. Perras has a two-game assist streak going. Perras registered assists in each of the last two games and leads the CHL in points by a goaltender. The Cotton Kings single season record for points by a goaltender is 4 by Mike Brusseau from the 02/03 season, and the all-time Kings career leader is Lance Leslie, who had 8.
THE WIENERSCHNITZEL TOP DOG OF THE WEEK
Each week a member of the Cotton Kings is selected as the "Wienerschnitzel Top Dog of the Week" for their performance in the previous week's games, and this week's recipient for their effort last week is veteran forward Bobby Brown. The Brandon, Manitoba native was off to a hot start in October with 5 goals, but hit a dry spell until registering his first goal in November Saturday night against the Gorillas. Brown finished the two-game week with a goal and four assists for 5 points. Four of the points came Saturday against Amarillo, as the Kings Captain tallied a goal and three assists.
THIS WEEK'S "INSIDE THE NUMBERS"
2 - Plus/Minus - Lubbock's Marc Bianchi has one of the most interesting plus/minus ratings, as he is a team leading +7 at home and a team worse -5 on the road for an overall +2 on the season.
5 - Goals - Stacey Bauman has already tied a career high with 5 goals this season, which currently ranks tied for second amongst CHL defensemen.
14 - Seconds - Saturday, Trevor Weisgerber and Bobby Brown combined for a pair of goals 13 seconds apart to mark the fastest combo of Kings goals this season. The franchise high is a pair of goals 10 seconds apart (3/1/03 vs. Tulsa).
WEEK IN REVIEW
Nov. 22 @ Laredo L 1-5 Top Star: LAR - Igor Agarunov (2 goals)
Nov. 25 vs. Amarillo W 6-3 Top Star: LUB - Bobby Brown (1g,3a, 4 pts.)
PRACTICE SCHEDULE: Tue - Wed: 9:30 - 11AM, Thur: TBD
Fri. Dec. 1 7:05 pm @ Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: The Lubbock Cotton Kings begin the week in Bossier City, Louisiana facing the Bossier-Shreveport Mudbugs Friday night. The meeting is the first of two in Bossier City and the second of three overall meetings. Lubbock defeated the Mudbugs 3-2 on Nov. 16 to take a 1-0-0 series record this season. Lubbock's all-time record between against the Mudbugs in regular season play is 5-7-0. This season's offensive leader in the series is Lubbock's Mike Carter, who has 3 assists. Chad Spurr of the Mudbugs is the series all-time leading scorer with 11 points off 3 goals and 8 assists, while the Kings are led by former King Jan Melichercik, who had a goal and 7 assists for 8 points.
Sat. Dec. 2 7:05 pm vs. Colorado Eagles Radio: KKAM 1340 AM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: The Cotton Kings return home and will be wearing special commemorative Texas Tech jerseys as they host the defending Northwest Division Champion Colorado Eagles. It is the first of three meetings of the season between the two clubs and the only meeting in Lubbock. Colorado was 4-1-0 last season against the Kings, who were 1-3-1 in the season series. It is the 15th meeting all-time between the two clubs and Colorado has an all-time series mark of 10-2-2, while Lubbock is 4-9-1 in the all-time series. Colorado's Greg Pankewicz is the all-time series leader offensively with 10 goals and 6 assists for 16 points. Lubbock's all-time leader against Colorado is former members Jan Melichercik (2g,6a) and Paul Fioroni (3g,5a), who each had 8 points.
Sun. Dec. 3 5:00 pm @ Amarillo Gorillas Radio: *KFYO 790 AM TV: CHLTV.COM
Notes: The Kings close out the week with a contest against the I-27 rival Amarillo Gorillas in Amarillo. It is the fourth of 11 meetings on the year, the second of six in Amarillo and the 78th all-time meeting. Lubbock brings in a 43-22-12 all-time series record and Amarillo brings a 34-37-6 all-time series mark. Lubbock leads the season series 3-0-0 and is led by Trevor Weisgerber (4g,3a) and Kyle Nosan (2g,5a), who each have 7 points in the series. The Gorillas are led by Bill Vandermeer, who has five goals in the series. Former King Jan Melichercik (10g,34a) has 44 points against Amarillo to stand as the all-time leader in scoring against Amarillo for the Kings. Amarillo's all-time leader in scoring against Lubbock is former Gorilla Derek Hahn, who has 16 goals and 28 assists for 44 points.
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